"Gin and tonic has saved more Englishmen's lives, and minds, than all the doctors in the Empire." – Winston Churchill
The Gin Bar is a secret bar, well, not anymore, but it seems like a secret bar, tucked away behind a chocolatier (previously mentioned) and stocking over 104 specialty gins.
The staffs knowledge of their namesake spirit is astounding, and the space fills up quickly over weekends due to increasing popularity. This is easy to understand due to the sensation that the beautiful and secret courtyard space cocoons you as the bartenders take you on a gin journey around the globe.
As they say on their website:” Inspired by the history of the heritage building itself (which was a morgue until recently) and the "Quack" medicinal history of gin and Juniper (the defining ingredient of gin), The Gin Bar offers elixirs, tinctures and potions to cure all manner of ills.”
Do you like beer? I mean, really like beer? In all its intricacies and varieties, all its craftiness and artisanal glory? The bright canary yellow façade of Beerhouse beckons to come and explore their legendary “99 bottles of beer on a wall”.
They are also the self-professed champions of the brew food revolution, which incorporates beer in the food production process as well as pairing accordingly. Beerhouse, impressively, have 25 beers on tap (as well as the 99 on the wall) and they curate their list of craft beers with a passion and dedication that is evident in the incredibly knowledgeable staff.
After installing some custom wood smokers, the menu is bound to become even more interesting, currently the daily specials chop and change on a temporary menu. Even if beer isn’t your thing, but consumption and theatre is, Beerhouse is definitely worth a visit.
Yours Truly Café and Bar was started in 2010 and has since mutated into a 4 store mini franchise and an upstairs bar (brilliantly named Up Yours 😊 ). As Kloof Streets one and only Rooftop bar, Up Yours has become the hub of the local music scene, with live DJ's and acoustic sessions every weekend, truly an experience not to be missed.
Underneath Jacaranda trees, immersed in greenery, Yours Truly Kloof Street offers a unique breather from the hustle and bustle of the city. Cafe by day and beer garden by night, do yourself a favour, grab something, anything from here, and you’ll find many reasons to stay. The offer a great selection of salads, sandwiches, wraps and pizzas.
Can highly recommend The B.L.A.T a Ciabatta roll served with crispy bacon strips, fresh lettuce leaves, beef tomatoes, avocado and a delicious homemade mustard mayo. Also, try The Pulled Beast, a thin base served with slow roasted pulled beef, brie cheese, homemade caramelized onions & rocket leaves, fantastic fare!
The Sorrows is the cousin restaurant of Yours Truly (which we will cover next) and is the brainchild of best mates and now business partners, Daniel Holland (of Yours Truly) and James Louw (of JL Joinery).
It boasts a beautiful aesthetic that is both elegant and tongue-firmly-in-cheek, riffing on the idea of drowning your sorrows, libation accompanied by victuals. The menu is small, but tight, the Porchetta is awesome, and the lamb shank falls off the bone. Have that with a couple of their signature Berry Mojitos and enjoy the stream of interesting folks frequenting this trendy little spot.
There are two reasons to come here, to drown your sorrows or to celebrate, either way, you’ll have a blast. Unhappy Hour from 3pm – 6pm Monday to Sunday.
This week we’ll be looking at a couple of venues to have a relaxed tipple. The focus being on something a little different, a tad unique. Always looking for an interesting backdrop to a good conversation and a pleasant drink. Enjoy!
Step into the 200-year-old attic with a difference and let your palate be blown away by the tried and tested combo of mouth wateringly delicious cocktails and excellently prepared tapas.
Ancient exposed wood beams are adorned with local and Asian art, heavily influenced by Japanese iconography. The music is indie and electronica and forms the backing track for a night to remember.
Try the exotic mushroom tempura a selection of shimeji, shiitake and king oyster mushrooms in crispy tempura batter with miso aioli, you won’t look back. Alternatively, you can’t go wrong with the pork & udon noodles, a 12-hour shoyo broth with crispy smoked pork cheek, udon noodles, soft-boiled egg, sesame and spring onion.
Three craft beers (CBC, Jack Black, and Devils Peak) are on tap, with a host of other ales and brews available in bottles. Did I mention the cocktails? They are outstanding, with something for everyone.
At the Cape Grace Hotel in the V&A Waterfront, where interiors combine engaging artifacts and original antiques with a rich tapestry of local history, infused with artistic renditions of the exceptional botanical kingdom surrounding Cape Town, you will find the Bascule Bar.
Located beside the clear waters of a private international marina where luxury yachts bob between the glorious Table Mountain and the expansive Table Bay. Step inside to sample the largest selection of whisky’s south of the equator (over 500) and indulge in some of the amazing live musical acts that they frequently commission.
The warm interiors and plush décor make the venue incredibly inviting, and the snack menu together with the service ensure an amazing evening out. Together with our single malt we enjoyed smoked salmon, potato rosti and crème fraiche off the tapas menu, and for sweets we had a baked orange cheesecake with macadamia nut butter, dulcey cremeux and blood peach sorbet (amazing!).
The venue also offers two types of set whisky tastings which are a must if you are new to the malt game. First, A Shared Experience, an opportunity to join fellow enthusiasts as you taste, appreciate and learn about the various styles of whisky on offer (limited to 12 guests). Then there is also the Sommelier's Choice, for the whisky enthusiast. A personal, bespoke tasting that highlights unique, rare and premium whiskies from the Bascule collection. The experience is well organized, artful and tasty, not to be missed.
The first thing you notice whilst approaching Mama Africa is the bassy thumping of drums. Prepare yourself; the evening is going to be loud, jubilant and an unforgettable taste safari. The atmosphere is electric, and you will dance, even if you don’t, ever, here you will dance. But first we must eat, and the menu is a tour de force of tried and tested Pan-African recipes and local favourites.
For the adventurous traveller with a taste for the exotic and a desire for a story to tell there’s Mama’s Wild Game Mixed Grill which is a spread of crocodile, ostrich, springbok, kudu & venison cuts. If that’s too gamey for you, go with the flavoursome Mama’s Moroccan Prawns, and follow it up with a Banana Flame replete with ice-cream, rum & Amarula cream. Mama Africa also helped popularise the Feta & Biltong Salad, now a local staple.
The music is vibey, and relentless in its ability to make you want to leave your table and dance in front of the band while they combine marimbas, jembe drums, jazz elements, and African soul. If you really want to have the full experience and leave with a head full of memories, we suggest you dress for comfort, because your belly will be full and you will be discovering dance moves you thought you had forgotten.
A vast menu, of both cocktails and food, DJ’s, gilded sidewalk café culture and an enviable position with an amazing view. Try the Jo-Honey Rooibos, honey infused Bacardi Oakheart, with BOS tea, cranberry juice and grapefruit zest, it’s mellow and deep, be careful though, these can creep up on you ;-)
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 09:00-22:00 (Bar opens until 02:00)
This Asian sushi and fusion restaurant is a perfect place to nip in and enjoy a lovely cold Sake Melon Slush on a blisteringly hot Cape Town day, made with Sake, Melon, Ginger and Honey it is ice cold and super refreshing! Try the Spiced Pear Bellini too, it’s fantastic.
Sandy B at The Bay Hotel is the intersection of summer and elegance, it’s being poolside, and beachside, at the same time. We highly recommend the iconic and signature Hibiscus & Rooibos martini, with gin, hibiscus extracts, lime, cranberry extracts and rooibos tea, it’s local flavours at an international level.